Back in December of 2010 the Dodgers signed Matt Guerrier to a three-year, $12 million deal as a free agent and now two-and-a-half seasons into that contract they designated the right-hander for assignment.
Guerrier missed much of last season with an elbow injury and has struggled this season with a 4.80 ERA and 21/12 K/BB ratio in 30 innings. He also wasn’t particularly effective in 2011 and posted a 4.24 ERA in 120 total appearances for the Dodgers after finishing his Twins career with a 3.38 ERA in 393 outings.
Guerrier will probably clear waivers and could remain with the Dodgers at Triple-A, although if another team is convinced he could be a decent bullpen option in the second half his remaining salary of around $2 million would fit into plenty of payrolls.
The Tigers signed catcher Josh Thole to a minor league deal, per an announcement from the Double-A Erie SeaWolves on Friday. Thole is expected to report to Double-A Erie, where he’ll split time with starting catcher Jake Rogers.
Thole, 31, has not appeared in a major or minor league game since 2016. He signed a minors deal with the Diamondbacks back in 2017, but was sidelined through most of the season after undergoing hamstring surgery in April. He was released by the team during spring training and failed to catch on with another major league club through the first two months of the 2018 season.
While the veteran backstop hasn’t tested his skills in pro ball for several years now, he held his own during a short-lived run with the independent New Britain Bees of the Atlantic League. Over 17 games in 2018, Thole batted .317/.425/.367 with three extra-base hits and a .791 OPS in 75 plate appearances. He’s expected to serve as catching depth within the Tigers’ organization, but may yet work his way back to the majors if he can get his average back over the Mendoza Line again — a feat he hasn’t managed since 2015.